The phenomenon of “off-the-grid” living has a strong appeal to rugged individualist types who like to be as independent of society as possible. One of the down sides of this lifestyle is that so many of us have gotten used to the amenities of modern life. It’s hard to enjoy the same level of creature comforts and conveniences when living many miles away from the nearest town. It is made a lot easier, though, when you become aware of the benefits of propane in enabling you to have your cake and eat it too as you pursue your preferred lifestyle.
The biggest concern of anyone considering off-grid living is power. Everyone in a modern society takes things like home heating, a stove, and oven for cooking and appliances like refrigerators for granted. These types of amenities are typically powered by electric or gas lines that only run through cities and suburbs. Those who wish to get away from it all without having to give up on basic conveniences can thank propane for coming to their rescue.
Since propane is stored in pressurized tanks of various sizes, you can have one of these tanks wherever you are. Depending on the size of the tank and other considerations, it may be above ground or underground, and there are services that come to refill it for you. While needing to have it refilled periodically still technically makes you dependent on the outside world for power, some tanks come in pretty big sizes and can last for a while before refills are needed.
Propane tank sizes can vary widely. They start at small, convenient 20 and 33 pound tanks that someone may pack in the back of their pickup truck to power a barbecue for some grilling while out camping in the summer time. There are also 500 and 1,000 gallon tanks that hold enough propane to be your alternative energy source for sustained off-grid living. These types of tanks can power propane appliances long-term as well as propane heaters to warm your home for extended periods of time.
If you find yourself in need of the alternative energy that propane is great at supplying, the next question is where to get it. There are many dedicated propane companies, and it’s easy to find them through a quick search on the internet.
You should ask any potential supplier questions before choosing them. How long have they been in business? How good is their customer service? Asking questions is especially important if you are looking for a long-term solution to enable you to be free of city and suburban life. This will require larger tanks that can power propane appliances and heat a home. These will need regular deliveries of propane as your tank or tanks come close to running out.
If you live around the Bucks County or Montgomery County areas near Philadelphia, you have an excellent propane source right near you. At East Coast Propane, we have been in business for over 10 years providing our customers with fast, affordable propane refills for personal and commercial customers. We are family owned and dedicated to providing you with the tank and refill service that fits your needs in your quest to live on your own terms.